Lands End Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Lands End Trail is a favorite among both locals and visitors alike! This trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. Hikers and walkers in this area can also visit nearby Mile Rock Beach, Fort Miley, Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, a USS San Francisco Memorial, the visitor center, and more. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast. This is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco. A corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. This area was once called "Point Lobos” by the Spanish, after the “lobos marinos” or sea lions that once made this area their home. Point Lobos Avenue, which was once a private toll road, now provides access to Lands End and the Camino Del Mar Trail. The sea lions have since relocated to the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay.

Parking is available at the visitor center.

Lands End Lookout Center: (415) 426-5240

This is a GREAT little walk in San Francisco if you are looking for a nice escape from the city. The Palace of the Legion of Honor is a great museum if you have a couple of extra hours to spare. Picnicking There are several nice stops along the path where you can stop to have a snack or picnic while enjoying the great view. Picnic tables, grills and a restroom are available at West Fort Miley. Park at the West Fort Miley parking lot, walk a short way back along El Camino del Mar (near the entrance to the parking lot) and take the first paved road uphill to the left. Biking Bicycles are permitted on most trails at Lands End. Bikes are not permitted on open terrain of the Coastal Trail between Pointed Rock access road and Eagles' point; Coastal Trail bikers can bypass that gap by using El Camino del Mar. Check the maps posted here and at trailheads throughout the park for current access information. Dog Walking Dogs are permitted on designated trails at Lands End and beach areas. Check the map above for access information. Current dog walking information is also available on the park's website, www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm, and by telephone at 415-561-4732. Viewing Wildlife Lands End is a great place to spot birds--more than 250 species, including Brandt's cormorants, brown pelicans, Heermann's gulls, red-winged blackbirds, Anna's hummingbirds, and chestnut-backed chickadees. Turn your sights to the surf and you might see dolphins, seals, sea lions or a migrating whale.

This loop can be started from a variety of spots. We recommend parking in the lot on Point Lobos Avenue.

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Brandee Gensler
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Amazing views, busy trail but able to keep distance. Easiest parking by Sutro baths. Beautiful scenery and well shaded if worried about too much sun. Lots of stairs but so worth it!

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Jay Martinez
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Cool trail/hike

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Krishna Patel
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Amazing views!

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Jane Cray
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Very pretty. Lots of people (mostly masked). Gorgeous day today.

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Santosh Hegde
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deceptively harder than what you would expect as it has a lot of ups and downs so be prepared for that. You're rewarded with unmatched views though.. highly recommend going there!

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Alexandra Reggi
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Beautiful trail, a couple of inclines and steps, but worth it. Views were beautiful

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Victor Ma
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Nice views!

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Jacqueline Romero
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Steven Turkovich
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Summer Blakey
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The trail is well kept. Narrow in parts but mostly wide enough to let others pass easily. Most people were wearing masks as well. The steps will get you if you go down to miles beach but it’s well worth the sore muscles. Beautiful views and a good hike!

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Melissa Fellenbaum
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Beautiful trail, stunning views, and a good workout with all the stairs!

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Angel Guerra
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Great place to hike no matter if you want to go on a short or long hike.

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Fawn Martin
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Beautiful views, but pretty crowded every time I’ve went. The stairs make the trail a bit easier

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Jessica Nguyen
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Loved the views, but it’s crowded and gross. At some point there was human poop on the trail with their wipes left behind.

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Tanya Jorge
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Rating this as just ok. Lots of graffiti and trash, and crowded. Lots of dogs off leash. The bathroom (porta potty) was absolutely disgusting. Parking lot was large which was nice. If it's a clear day with no fog, views are pretty.

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Alberto Cuevas
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Nic Bean
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Fun

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Kirsten Tharalsen
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Beautiful, lots of stairs! Go early to avoid excessive crowds. The labyrinth is still there.

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Don Schumacher
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The trail was in good shape, but it was INSANELY crowded. Like picture walking on a city sidewalk. Never had a stretch alone. Also, would rate this one as an “easy” rather than a moderate. Not a ton in the way of elevation change. Some stairs, but that’s it

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Alana Wright
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Beautiful!

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Prateek Kohli
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Michael Rowan
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Robert Lowers
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Nature tripsGreat!

I loved the trail! Walked to the labrynth, then to the beach below. I loved the views, trails, and the labrynth was very cool! Great views of the Golden Gate which i had just crossed and the edge of Muir Beach where i was the night before. Spotted a few dolphins along the coast which was a sweet surprise! Watched a few locals repair the labrynth. before heading to the visitor center and checking out the Sutro Baths. Cant wait to go back!

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Ruth Learn
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Jamie Dande
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Great walk with lovely sights

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Jennica Alcalde
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Paloma B
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Perfect with a dog on a weekday when the crowds are sparse. A gorgeous, well-marked, and restorative walk.

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Karen Hsu
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Fantastic hike w great view of the Golden Gate. So many stairs!

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Martin Rogers
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